Q: Hi Caden, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
A: I have been great! Been working on LOTS of music, I’m currently building a studio (with my own two hands!- and the help of some friends), I’m starting school up again on August 20th, so I’m going to be verrrry busy in the near future.
Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Serpiente”?
A: My friends Juan and Tony (Syon – who recently broke up) from Tijuana sent me the demo recorded on an iPhone, and I fell in love. I produced the entire track with the iPhone vocals they sent over. Then, had the idea to bring WillX BOY on for the second verse. Without permission from Syon, I sent WillX BOY the instrumental and got his full verse back the same day. I knew he would kill it and I knew Syon would love it, which is exactly what happened. The combination of latin, African, and electronic sounds is really what makes this song a hit and why people all over the world will love it.
Q: Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
A: Not really an event, but I was born and raised in San Diego, and I live about 10 minutes from Mexico. I could go there for lunch and come back in an hour. I was also raised in a Colombian family. I absolutely love being surrounded by all of this latin culture, food, music, etc., and I really wanted to make a song with heavy latin influences, so I did.
Q: Any plans to release a video for the single?
A: No tangible plans at the moment, but I have a really cool video idea in mind for the occasion that we DO end up recording a video!
Q: How was the recording and writing process?
A: It was really unique. Syon sent me the demo on a voice note recorded on iPhone, and I literally produced the track around that. I sent the track to WillX BOY to record his verse in Nairobi, Kenya. I basically had the full instrumental, along with WillX BOY’s fully recorded verse, and then I had Syon’s voice memo on it lol. A few days later, I brought them to my home studio in San Diego to record the final vocals. Artists from Mexico, Kenya, and the US teamed up to make this song, which truly makes it an international record.
Q: What was it like to work with Syon and WillX BOY and what did he brought up to the table?
A: Syon brought the initial demo to me and it was a very sultry latin ballad- until I got my hands on it. Working with them was great because they are both very creative and provide a lot of good ideas for the track. It was actually their idea to add that flamenco guitar at the beginning, too. Working with WillX BOY is always a pleasure. I knew from the moment I sent him the instrumental that he would KILL his verse, and kill it, he did. I remember when he first sent it back over, I was like OOHHHHHHH SH**!!! It was EXACTLY what I wanted from his verse.
Q: Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
A: It really depends on the artist. Some artists work very similarly to me, and some work completely differently, so I have to adapt to how they work. It usually isn’t any more difficult to have to adapt to the way an artist works, it’s honestly kinda fun and I just see it as a challenge and I get to learn something new in the process.
Q: Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
A: You can definitely expect new material… No release dates planned yet, but I have a couple tracks ready for release sometime in the next month or two.
Q: Any tentative release date or title in mind?
A: Tentative release dates for any new material would probably be late September or early November, however there’s a lot that needs to be considered before setting a date. And yeah, all my tracks are titled, just can’t give out the titles yet 😉
Q: Any plans to hit the road?
A: Definitely! I plan on going to LA more frequently (I live in San Diego, it’s a 2.5 to 3 hour drive) for studio sessions and collaborating with other artists. I also want to make a trip up to NYC for the same reason!
Q: What else is happening next in Caden’s world?